Scott Bay, and its small, green islands, are a popular area of Michigan to fish for bass, perch and northern pike. The sheltered bay features calm waters with very few waves. Northern pike like the shallower waters and frequent the narrow, rocky sections and weed beds of the bay.
Pike Lures and Bait
Pike are not overly discriminating on their food, and will eat a variety of foods, including insects, leeches and minnows. Select lures and spinners that are strong enough to hold up when fishing in heavily vegetated waters. According to the Northern Pike Fishing Tips website, use metallic lures when it is cloudy, and bright red, orange or black when fishing on sunny days.
Pike Habitat in Scott Bay
During the spawning months of May and June, look for pike in the shallow sections of Scott Bay. Pike often choose weed beds, so look for areas with underwater vegetation. During the remainder of the year pike will move to deeper waters, following their prey through weedy areas and narrow channels.
Pike Fishing Regulations in Scott Bay
The Department of Natural Resources limits you to two northern pike, which must be 24 inches or larger. The Upper Peninsula waters, including Scott Bay, are open for pike fishing from May 15 to March 15 each year. You can trade your pole for a spear to catch your northern pike from December 1 to March 15.
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